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Lead Psychologist

Barts Health NHS Trust
£66,718 to £76,271 per annum inc (pro rata)
Closing date
15 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Part Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a Principle Practitioner Psychologist provide a high quality, specialist psychology service within an award winning innovative MDT psychodermatology service.

The role will include providing specialist psychological assessment and therapy, offering advice and consultation on psychological aspects of chronic skin conditions to other health professionals and supporting clinical team members who provide psychosocial care.

The post presents a range of opportunities for the post holder to establish or further develop skills in working physical health settings and with medical teams, service development, audit, business planning, management and leadership.

The post holder will be provided with regular clinical supervision as well as support from the Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Health Psychology.Peer supervision sessions are also arranged on a regular basis with other experienced practitioner psychologists across the Clinical Health Psychology service.

The appointee will be registered with the HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist. Experience of working with long-term physical health problems is essential and experience with dermatological problems is a preference.

Your primary base will be at the Royal London Hospital. However, there is also flexibility for you to work from home where appropriate.

Main duties of the job

To be an integral member of an innovative collaborative MDT Psychodermatology Clinic based at the Royal London Hospital. The Psychodermatology Clinic is an award-winning one-stop service for patients with chronic skin disease and concomitant mental health issues.

The practitioner psychologist will offer outpatient work with patients and their families. The overall aim of the specialist psychological service will be to reduce the emotional distress & functional impact associated with chronic skin conditions, & promote adherence to treatment, and positive treatment outcomes.

The role will include provision of psychological advice, consultation & support to the wider team including nurses & doctors, as well as the opportunity to contribute a psychological perspective at national virtual MDT meetings.

The aim of the post is to develop a stepped care model of service provision within the dermatology service & the post holder will work with nurses to support delivery of evidence based interventions such as motivational interviewing, habit reversal training & step one mental health support. There is scope to provide nursing staff with on-going support and supervision in this practice.

There is a strong recognition within the service for the value of the role of psychology & the aim is to develop this into a permanently funded post. This means that the practitioner psychologist will also lead the development of a business case to secure permanent funding for the post.

About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment.

We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates as they are underrepresented within Barts Health at this band.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience, and knowledge required. For both documents, please view the attachment/s below.

We are dedicated to being an outstanding place to work and will work with you to get the best experience. We know flexible working is not a one size fits all and will mean something different to everyone. We are inclusive, so if you are interested in flexible working, please speak to the recruiting manager.

Person Specification



  • Significant supervised psychology practice experience in NHS or equivalent by a suitably qualified practitioner psychologist.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings.
  • Ability to demonstrate significant post-doctoral specialist experience in working in the field of health psychology
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as an independent practitioner and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Extended involvement in teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision



  • Skills as a Senior Clinician to undertake clinical leadership roles and tasks within multidisciplinary and multi-agency contexts
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups


  • Experience of recruitment and line management of staff.
  • Experience of supervising the psychological practice of other professions.
  • Substantial experience of working as a practitioner psychologist in psychodermatology



  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology.
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group and mental health
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC.



  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent) as accredited by the BPS or HCPC, including specifically models of psychopathology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology
  • Registration with the HCPC as a practitioner psychologist
  • Training in clinical practice supervision.

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


The Royal London Hospital


E1 1FR

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